The NFL playoff bracket 2011 has the Jets one step from the Super Bowl. Although the NFL playoff bracket 2011 has shocked most experts in this regard, it isn’t technically a new thing. For all of the jokes and rants against the Jets, they are the only team left that’s in their second straight conference title game. What’s more, this is their third AFC championship appearance in just over a decade, putting the franchise a long way from their laughingstock days. But for all their achievements this year, the NFL playoff bracket 2011 will be a bitter disappointment, if they don’t finally take the next step.
Exactly 12 months ago, the Jets were a sixth seed that shocked the world by making the AFC title game. When they got there, they led the Colts at halftime and were poised to stun everyone again. However, Peyton Manning could not be contained, and blew them away in the second half.
The NFL playoff bracket 2011 has followed the same formula so far for the Jets. This time, they actually beat the Colts on the road, and then defeated the Patriots afterwards. Now they once again face an AFC title game against an experienced former champion – in this case the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
New York has already beaten Pittsburgh in Heinz Field a month ago. But before then, they had never won in Pittsburgh, in a run that included a heartbreaking 2005 postseason loss. Yet that isn’t the worst history that the Jets must overcome on Sunday.
If the run through the NFL playoff bracket 2011 ends like in 2010, 1999 and 1983, it will be an all too familiar story. Their 2010 defeat went exactly like the one in 1999, where the Jets were up at the half against Denver and John Elway. But like Manning, Elway rose back up to dominate in the second half.
In 1983, New York didn’t blow a halftime lead, especially since they didn’t score any points. After their 14-0 loss to the Dolphins, the Jets didn’t come close to the Super Bowl again for 16 years. But nowadays, it has become more commonplace – and has made AFC title game defeats that much more unacceptable.
The NFL playoff bracket 2011 is an example of the same old Jets, as Rex Ryan said. Yet calling them the same old Jets doesn’t have the same negative implications as before, thanks to Ryan. However, the old “same old Jets” always fell short before reaching the Super Bowl, and that is the final change Ryan has yet to make.
The look of the NFL playoff bracket might not be possible, if the Jets hadn’t brought about the NFL-AFL merger in Super Bowl III. But they have been waiting for a sequel ever since, and are tired of sequels to AFC title game losses instead.
NFL.com- “NFL Schedule: Playoffs”
New York Post- “Rex fuels Jets’ long drive for the Super Bowl”